REVIEW: The Escapists 2

By Darrel Wright

Last night, I was thrown in jail. I have no memory of being arrested or standing trial, but here I am, dressed in orange and being escorted to my cell.

The facilities are nice enough, with areas to read, play music, and exercise. The other inmates are okay fellows who are more than willing to offer some cash in exchange for running their errands. They also sell me a selection of useful items. The walls are claustrophobic, though. The daily routine is suffocating, and the guards are… less than friendly. The more time I spend in this place, the more I realize one glaring truth: I have to get out of here! Continue reading “REVIEW: The Escapists 2”

SwitchCast #047: The Nintendo Switch Holiday Buyer’s Guide

Still looking to buy some Nintendo Switch gear or games for your friends or family members? We run down a complete list of the right stuff to get ’em, whether they’re new to Nintendo Switch, a veteran gamer, or anything in between!

We also have the week’s video game news, and new Nintendo Switch releases to tell you what’s worth playing in the weeks to come!

THE NINTENDO SWITCH HOLIDAY SHOPPING LIST

NEW SWITCH OWNERS
JoyCon Controller – http://amzn.to/2ARwfg9
Pro Controller – http://amzn.to/2ARKNfQ
Dock Sock – http://amzn.to/2yGcZw0

CASUAL PLAYERS
Stardew Valley – http://amzn.to/2yEIGG1
Snipperclips – http://amzn.to/2j9GYXP
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – http://amzn.to/2kzxJke

COMPETITIVE PLAYERS
Pokken Tournament DX – http://amzn.to/2yGjHlX
Rocket League – http://amzn.to/2yFESVd
Fast RMX – http://amzn.to/2CiMor5
Splatoon 2 – http://amzn.to/2yFPEdZ

GAMING ILLITERATE PLAYERS
Puyo Puyo Tetris – http://amzn.to/2BwOHtS
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – http://amzn.to/2kzxJke

YOUNG GAMER’S IN TRAINING
Snipperclips – http://amzn.to/2j9GYXP
Minecraft: Switch Edition – http://amzn.to/2CkdhuU
Lego City Undercover – http://amzn.to/2Bw4oBw
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 – http://amzn.to/2yFkrrr
Rocket League – http://amzn.to/2BuYMI4

SWITCH VETS
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle – http://amzn.to/2yFA4ir
Elder Scrolls: Skyrim – http://amzn.to/2yGl1VX
Fire Emblem: Warriors – http://amzn.to/2yFA81F
DOOM – http://amzn.to/2kxwZMy

OLD-SCHOOL GAMERS
Namco Museum – http://amzn.to/2BuaK4x
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers – http://amzn.to/2yFY6K6
Sonic Mania (Collector’s Edition) – http://amzn.to/2yF9MNz
Cave Story+ – http://amzn.to/2yGL3Ze
Shovel Knight – http://amzn.to/2yGAuVH
Blaster Master Zero – http://amzn.to/2yFvSz6

NARRATIVE-DRIVEN GAMERS
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – http://amzn.to/2BtUNuZ
I am Setsuna – http://amzn.to/2kAWhtg
L.A. Noire – http://amzn.to/2ClA9dg
Minecraft Story Mode – http://amzn.to/2yFBwBp

PARTY GAMERS
Just Dance 2018 – http://amzn.to/2yFSOyn
Super Bomberman R – http://amzn.to/2BtHJpC

PORTABLE GAMERS
Bluetooth Audio Adapter – http://amzn.to/2BsUpgq
— Velcro Strips – http://amzn.to/2yFcP8q
— Connector Cable – https://tinyurl.com/ybhgf5pe
— How to put the above all together – https://imgur.com/a/rs2LR
Battery Pack – http://amzn.to/2yFccf7
Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack – http://amzn.to/2yFwbu4 (more…)

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Review

By Jose Vega

Three years ago, Mario Kart 8 was released on the Wii U and though it was a great game, it was on a console that not many people bought. When Nintendo the Switch back in 2016, it was hinted that there would possibly be a Mario Kart title for it. Those hints prove to be true when it was announced that a port of the Wii U game would be coming to Nintendo Switch.

But as it turned out, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is not just a simple port – it adds a whole bunch of new features. So the question is, is this game worth getting on the Nintendo Switch (even if you already have it on Wii U)? Continue reading “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Review”

TumbleSeed: This Game is TS! (Nintendo Switch Review)

By KC Smithsen

TumbleSeed is a Nintendo Switch title that I want to avoid using popular genre names to define. While it does share characteristics with roguelikes, in that you have to overcome randomly generated obstacles and death means a quick trip to start screen, I feel that lumping it in that category does its originality a disservice.

2_TumbleSeed_ScreenShot_Basecamp_1080p.pngIn TumbleSeed, you play a as a sentient seed that your fellow spoutlings call “TS.” Your kind lives happily on a mountain, but things are not well. Strange subterranean creatures have begun popping holes all over your homeland, making life perilous for your kind. And things will only get worst unless TS can reach the mountain’s summit and firmly plant himself there, purging their home of unnatural threats.

But that’s easier said than done… and I mean waaaaaaaayyyy easier! Continue reading “TumbleSeed: This Game is TS! (Nintendo Switch Review)”

VOEZ Switch Review: A Smooth Move from Mobile

By KC Smithsen

Before I did The SwitchCast, I worked on a humble portable gaming podcast called The Pocket Players. In those dark days before the Nintendo Switch was born, I kept a select few games as permanent fixtures on my iPhone, and VOEZ was one of them. Now that VOEZ has come to Nintendo Switch, I have my first opportunity to see how the joy of a free-to-play mobile game can make the transformation into a paid console title, and the results have been promising to say the least. Continue reading “VOEZ Switch Review: A Smooth Move from Mobile”

Where Are the Games? A Look at Nintendo’s Active Dev Teams

By Geoffrey Kappenberg

Geoffrey is a contributing writer and a community SwitchCat.

The Nintendo Switch is finally upon us, and while fans are busy exploring Breath of the Wild, there’s some concern about how much content there will be to enjoy going forward. Past Nintendo platforms have suffered software droughts following their launches (3DS and Wii U especially), not just from lack of 3rd party support, but from Nintendo itself. Will this time be any different?

To find out, I’ve examined Nintendo’s roster of 1st and 2nd party development teams to see who could be working on new Nintendo Switch games, and what those games might be. The 3DS is still an active platform, but it’s aging, and there’s every reason to dedicate as many resourceNinDevss as possible to supporting the Switch. If things go right, the stars could finally align over Nintendo’s new hybrid platform. Continue reading “Where Are the Games? A Look at Nintendo’s Active Dev Teams”

Blaster Master Zero Review

By Jose Vega 

Joes Vega is a contributing writer to The SwitchCast. To see more of his work, visit his site, Destiny Blog.

During the era of the NES, a game called Blaster Master was released by Sunsoft. It was a fun game that got a lot of praise but sadly not a lot of love. It was overlooked but it did have a legacy that lasted almost 20 years, spawning a sequel, spin-offs, and a re-imagining.

Continue reading “Blaster Master Zero Review”

Joy-Con Grip VS Pro Controller: Which is Best for You?

Written by Anthony Talcott

I want to start off by saying that I bought the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and absolutely love it. But this article isn’t so much about what I like personally, as it is about analyzing the differences between the Joy-Con Grip and the Pro Controller. And so, I have broken up my review of these two controllers into several categories: Comfort, Mobility, and Battery Life.

Continue reading “Joy-Con Grip VS Pro Controller: Which is Best for You?”

SwitchChat: CND Puts It All on the Line

cnd-1For nearly a month now, a YouTuber called CND has been lining up every day in front of the Nintendo NY store in his quest to get a Nintendo Switch. We swung by one of his daily vigils to talk about his mission and his rise from simple unboxing videos to one of the fastest spreading names in gaming.

KC: So, tell us about yourself and what your YouTube channel is all about.

CND: Okay, my real name is Alex and I’m 19 as of right now. Just recently full time YouTuber which is… crazy to me! But it’s awesome. Just “Switched” (haha) to full time. Just in the New Year I really started. In the Winter Break I really had time to really commit myself to it. And when it was over, not even a week into it, I was like, “Wait a second! I can do this full time!” Continue reading “SwitchChat: CND Puts It All on the Line”

There Are No “Hidden Costs” to the Nintendo Switch

Having been a writer and podcaster for over a decade, I can say with certainty that I am open to criticism. That doesn’t just apply to criticism of my own work, but of things I personally appreciate and support. If you come at me with a list of well-reasoned arguments why “Hello From the Magic Tavern” is NOT the best comedy podcast on iTunes, I will quell my rage, hear you out and engage in an exchange of well-reasoned arguments.

But what I have little to no patience for are misleading statements, flimsy reasoning and logical fallacies. While these are all ubiquitous on the internet, sometimes I find them in such concentration that I just can’t idly watch the misinformation spread. And right now, a great abundance of this misinformation is being spread about the Nintendo Switch. So much so, that I feel compelled to write a series of articles rebutting as much of it as I can – starting right here. Continue reading “There Are No “Hidden Costs” to the Nintendo Switch”